State cabinet grants approval for Odisha Port Policy 2022

The Odisha cabinet approved the state’s Port Policy 2022 on November 18, 2022. The policy aims to facilitate the integrated development of non-major ports and inland waterways, as well as attract private investment and generate employment. It aims to aid and promote the development of ports as well as port-led industrial development by improving port-linking infrastructure. The policy also aims to promote other maritime ventures such as coastal shipping, marine tourism, multipurpose harbours, introduction of seaplane connectivity, promotion of facilities and creation of infrastructure for the ship building, ship breaking and re­la­ted activities. Currently, the ports at Dhamra and Gopalpur are already functional, while the ports at Astaranga and Subarnarekha Mouth (Kirta­nia) are under construction.